Capital City: Victoria
British Columbia is Canada's westernmost province and one of North America's most mountainous regions. Because of its coastal location, it is considered a gateway to the Pacific and Asia. It is also bordered by the province of Alberta, the Yukon Territory and several American states, including Alaska. BC enjoys a relatively mild climate, with flowers often blooming as early as February.
BC continues to attract Canadians and foreigners alike: close to 40,000 people settle in the province each year, and its population now exceeds 3.3 million. Vancouver, the largest dry-cargo port on the Pacific Coast of North America, is home to more than 1.5 million people, which makes it the third-largest Canadian city. Vancouver has the second-largest Chinese community in North America. In addition, more than 60,000 BC inhabitants are of Indian descent and 16,000 are of Japanese descent.
Situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just 85 miles northwest of Seattle, USA, is the city of Victoria. Almost 80,000 people live in the city, and over 308,000 live in the Greater Victoria Area. They enjoy a sub-Mediterranean climate with moderate weather year-round. Government and tourism are the two main employers in Victoria.